I listened to an educational program on public tv and learned the greatest indicator of future success is grit, the determination to see something through, planning and acting on goals set far in the future. IQ, emotional intelligence, and other obvious choices for success won’t do it. I got a little bored with the program and slept the afternoon away on the couch. After all, if we’re talking about goals that are years away, I have lots of future time to work on those kinds of things.
Kidding aside, I suspect the earnest public tv speaker is probably right, even though she didn’t have any suggestions how to drill some grit into people. I also took a few moments to consider the criticism I’ve received for having too much of it. “Stop and smell the flowers” and “live in the moment” advice from earnestly happy-seeming people started coming back to me.